50 Years Of Guitar

Join Dave Isaacs for a comprehensive course covering some of the most well-known sounds of the last 50 years in guitar playing. Come straight out of Isaac's Phase 1 series and learn songs in the style of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Eagles, Stevie Wonder, and more! You'll also learn how to practice new techniques and apply more musical ideas as you work through each musical example.

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Join Dave Isaacs for a comprehensive course covering some of the most well-known sounds of the last 50 years in guitar playing. Come straight out of Isaac's Phase 1 series and learn songs in the style of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Eagles, Stevie Wonder, and more! You'll also learn how to practice new techniques and apply more musical ideas as you work through each musical example.

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

50 Years Of Guitar Introduction

Join Dave Isaacs for a comprehensive course covering some of the most well-known sounds of the last 50 years in guitar playing. Come straight out of Isaac's Phase 1 series and learn songs in the style of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Eagles, Stevie Wonder, and more! You'll...

Length: 7:38 Difficulty: 0.5 Free Sample Lesson
Lesson 2

Ride The Cycle - Chord Review

Get warmed up and bridge the gap between Dave's extensive Phase 1 course with this lesson on chords. You'll have a nice track to play over and you'll be able to review many of the common chords you may already use every day!

Length: 16:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 3

Passing Thru - Passing Chords

Learn how to use inversion chords to link other chords together. This happens all the time in the Rock and Roll style of bands like AC/DC. Grab your overdrive pedal and and make a statement with your chords!

Length: 18:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 4

Home - Picked Arpeggios

Work your chords in a melodic and soothing way. Picked arpeggios make it possible to extract melody from ordinary chord shapes. Once you have the concept and shapes down, try your hands at playing over calming backing track called "Home".

Length: 17:03 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 5

Trippin' - Bass Note Riffs

Do you remember the first time you heard "Day Tripper" by The Beatles? Learning these techniques and playing with this track will take you back and help move your playing forward a huge step. Learn how to riff!

Length: 14:34 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 6

Stix Stax - Moveable Partial Chords

Get comfortable playing small, musical chords around the neck in this lesson. You've likely spent some time moving your barre chords around the neck. You'll use parts of those chords and be able to realize some melody possibilities as you move around the neck.

Length: 20:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 7

Santa Ana - Filling Out The Pentatonic

The minor pentatonic scale is a great place to start and a bedrock of popular music. Dave used those shapes and adds in the rest of the notes from the natural minor scale to tip his hat to one of the most influential guitar players of our time!

Length: 20:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 8

Minor Blues - Rhythm Riffs

You're familiar with a standard 12-bar blues. Now, you'll get to experience some of the twists and chord possibilities that can be present in a minor blues. Riff away!

Length: 14:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 9

Scaling The Heights - In C

Learn how to navigate the neck by connecting simple C major scale patterns together. Do it in a musical way with a nice, catchy example to get your feet wet with.

Length: 18:05 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 10

The Mountain: Melody & Chords

Scale the neck with both single notes and chords with this catchy musical example. This track moves at a slow pace and allows for a very contemplative mindset while learning the different positions of your scales and chords.

Length: 20:54 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 11

Stone Face - Play Like Keith Richards

You'll spend some more time with moveable chord forms, journey around the neck a little, and learn bits and pieces of a classic rock style.

Length: 13:50 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 12

Down The Road - Boogie Groove

By making small adjustments to a simple scale, you can make something very normal, sound much more interesting. It's been done for decades and is often not well understood, but Isaacs breaks down this concept here!

Length: 26:23 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 13

Berry Pickin' - 50's Style Double Stops

Put a little Chuck Berry in your playing by incorporating some of the most familiar sounds in all of Rock 'N Roll. Chords, rhythm and lead playing all come together in this style.

Length: 15:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 14

River Flow - Fingerstyle

You might think of fingerstyle guitar as something that mostly only happens on acoustic. While acoustic players will get a lot out of this lesson, electric players will also be given the tools they need to embrace fingerstyle playing at a very basic level. You'll learn a great little song...

Length: 13:23 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 15

Bend Don't Break - String Bending

Bends are always one of the signature sounds of any guitar player, but bending musically and in tune consistently can be quite a challenge. Dave sheds some light on this subject in this lesson and also provides a musical context in which to practice your bends!

Length: 12:55 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 16

Walking Chords - Moving Triads

Wanna play chords anywhere on the neck? Learning and applying your triad shapes is a GREAT place to start. Learn how to use triads all over the place with this simple and fun musical example.

Length: 21:41 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 17

Blue Peaches - Improvising

Using nothing more than the simple Major Pentatonic scale, you'll create some catchy music and learn some nice licks. There's a lot to play with when it comes to this classic 5-note scale.

Length: 19:53 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 18

52 Blues - Slow Blues Rhythm

Triads, double stops and slides intertwined with tasty slow blues phrasing are going to make you proud to learn and practice this piece. Dig in

Length: 19:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 19

Waltz For Pinky - Melodic Arpeggios

Arpeggios are not just for classical guitar players and shredders. They are fantastic musical vehicles and make your playing sound spacious and dynamic. You'll also give your pinky a good workout.

Length: 10:06 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 20

Swinging In A - Melody Around The Neck

It's bright and bouncy... It's "Swing". Learn this simple melody and learn the feel that always brings the moods up a notch. You'll get a good hand workout and get a catchy tune stuck in your head at the same time!

Length: 23:34 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 21

Sweet Strum - Triads

Practice moving triad shapes around the neck in a musical and even soothing way. You'll learn how to connect these small chords so that you're making little melodies as you're moving around!

Length: 15:05 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 22

Stomp It - Pentatonic Riffs

Rock out a little bit with this Bluesy and driving track that will make you want to play lead guitar all day long. Get ready for some straight up Rock and Roll. You'll be working a lot on slides and pull-offs as well!

Length: 18:11 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 23

Down Home - Clean Country

Laid back, clean, and soothing to play, this lesson will have you focusing on double stops and slides in a Classic Country setting. Set the overdrive pedal aside and make it ring loud!

Length: 17:57 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 24

CAGEY - Chord Connections

It's time for a geography lesson. Look at the way the CAGED patterns relate to each other around the neck. You'll be moving up and down the neck with ease after you master the material in this lesson!

Length: 17:15 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 25

Sally's Impala - R&B Sounds

Dig in to some R&B-style grooves and playing here! You'll be using a lot of we've already covered previously, but with a good deal more 'bounce'. Each lick will contain a lot of different types of techniques and you'll be going back to a familiar song form as well.

Length: 14:37 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 26

Like An Eagle - Double Stop Bends

Do you like Classic Rock? Do you like Country-tinged, laid back leads? Well, get ready for a treat! You'll learn a solo in the style of the Eagles today and have a chance to work on musical bending and double stops at the same time!

Length: 19:11 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 27

What It Is - Improvisation in A

Improvisation might be a scary word for some, but Dave lays out a method and a track that will have you making music that easily comes out of your stream of conspicuousness. You won't need to over think!

Length: 11:30 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
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